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Effective Grading Practices for Secondary Teachers
Practical Strategies to Prevent Failure, Recover Credits, and Increase Standards-Based/Referenced Grading



© 2015 | 312 pages | Corwin

Enact innovative grading systems that more accurately describe student progress!

This book challenges traditional grading practices and provides alternatives that can have direct impact on student success. By making subtle shifts toward standards based grading systems, schools can reduce unnecessary course failures, provide students and their families a more accurate picture of current progress, and increase opportunities for success. The author offers a range of grading reform strategies that are built from practical frameworks that are effective and simple to adapt.

Among the many strengths of this book are:

  • Practical application of existing research and evidence base for effective secondary grading reforms
  • A framework for schools and districts to apply and adapt failure prevention strategies such as early failure detection, Amnesty Days, and meaningful stipulated second chance opportunities for students to reach mastery
  • Functional strategies and actions for shifting toward standards-based (referenced) grading without entirely abandoning letter grades
  • Countering resistance to change through a-clearly-articulated plan for conducting school-wide and classroom level action research around the effectiveness of new or adjusted grading practices

"Informative and pragmatic, this book is spot on with analysis of this elephant in the room issue. Nagel uses both empathy and humor in getting to the heart of a process to generate real solutions while underscoring the ultimate need for teacher voice in any successful implementation. He provides ready-made strategies for real, impactful change. I'm left hopeful that feedback will rule the day!"
Bruce Potter, Superintendent
Berkshire UFSD

"Nagel offers an insightful and articulate voice to secondary improvement and alignment through grading practices. His tried and true methods through working with real districts provides a starting place and examples for others to follow. A must-read for anyone serious about ensuring student engagement through meaningful feedback."
Debra K. Howe, Superintendent
Tri-Creek School Corporation


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Foreword by Jeffrey A. Erickson
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Part I: Why Changing Grading at the Secondary Level Is a Tough Sell
 
1. Grading: Long Perceived as the One Immovable Element in a Constantly Evolving Field
 
2. Determining Why Grading Changes Are Needed
 
Part II: Practice Trumps Policy
 
3. Policy: The Starting Point, Not the Destination Finder
 
4. Policy Into Practices: The Path to Effective Grading
 
Part III: Grading Practices to Prevent Failure, Recover Credits, and Increase Grading on Standards
 
5. Preventing Unnecessary Failure
 
6. What Do We Do When Failure Does Happen? Effective Credit Recovery
 
7. Standards-Based Grading
 
Part IV: Elements for Successful Implementation
 
8. Determining What (Could) Change
 
9. Implementation: Setting Up and Conducting Action Research
 
Appendixes
 
References
 
Index

"This is a must read for educators striving to keep struggling learners engaged.  Every educator will reflect upon  his grading practices and will find strategies to encourage students to get the work done."

David G. Daniels, High School Principal
Susquehanna Valley Senior High School, Conklin, New York

"David Nagel offers an insightful and articulate voice to secondary improvement and alignment through grading practices.  His tried and true methods through working with real districts provides a starting place and examples for others to follow.  A must-read for anyone serious about ensuring student engagement through meaningful feedback.  Tri-Creek is very appreciative of the expertise he provided in our journey to align grading practices."

Debra K. Howe, Superintendent
Tri-Creek School Corporation, Lowell, IN

"Informative and pragmatic, this book is spot on with analysis of this elephant in the room issue.  Dave Nagel uses both empathy and humor in getting to the heart of a process to generate real solutions while underscoring the ultimate need for teacher voice in any successful implementation. He provides ready-made strategies for real, impactful change. I'm left hopeful that feedback will rule the day!"

Bruce Potter, Superintendent
Berkshire UFSD

A must read for anyone looking to gain further insight into effective grading practices. Dave not only provides a solid direction on how to navigate through changing grading practices, he also provides authentic examples of the challenges that often arise while doing so. A very accurate picture is provided so a solid understanding can be had about why grading practices need to shift, what the process in doing so truly entails, and suggestions to support success in change and implementation.

Dave’s book provides great perspective on the why and how behind changing grading practices. While the process will often encounter barriers, as Dave authentically articulates throughout his book, the equity it brings to grading for students is imperative and necessary if grades are truly going to represent an indication of student mastery against targeted objectives. An excellent resource for anyone in education. 

Karen Flories, Executive Director of Educational Services 6-12
Valley View School Disctrict

"This book makes the most compelling case to date for transforming grading practices at the secondary level. Every chapter is rich with convergent research and supported by effective analogies and examples. The argument strength for changing secondary grading practices builds from chapter to chapter and is bolstered through a logical arrangement of information. Anyone who reads this book will seek immediately to proactively find ways to solve the grading problems in their district. Simply stated, Dave's synthesis of all of the available research on grading is irrefutable evidence that will lead to transformational changes in grading!"

Steve Oertle, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Instruction
Roxana Community Unit School District
Key features

(1) Assist schools and districts in understanding how to create empowering grading policies that are driven by effective grading practice implementation.

(2) Guides secondary teachers and leaders in implementing effective strategies to prevent unnecessary course failures such as: MEA2EC-It-Happen (Missing Essential Assignment / Assessment Extended Chance) Programs, Effective Use of Homework, Early Final Exams, and Amnesty Days

(3) Addresses approaches to credit recovery such as extending the semester, "re-culturizing" summer school, and on-line credit recovery.

(4) Provides concrete examples to increase standards-based grading without having to abandon current system of letter grade reporting.

 (5) Guides leaders and teacher teams in conducting action research to measure the impact of grading reforms on both student achievement and behaviors.

(6) Includes numerous examples of successful practices and programs that have been enacted in a range of secondary settings.

(7) Includes specific adaptable grading practices and policies that support effective implementation of the Common Core Standards.




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